Stanton's two homers propel Marlins past D-backs

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


PHOENIX -- Giancarlo Stanton is turning Chase Field into his personal launching pad.
Stanton hit two homers Monday, including the game-winner in the ninth inning of the Miami Marlins' 3-2 victory over Arizona, and he has four homers in his last five games at the Diamondbacks' home.
"It is a good backdrop. Perfect weather. It's nice," Stanton said of Chase Field.
Stanton's solo shot in the ninth off former teammate Heath Bell, which broke a 2-2 tie, was the 100th homer of his career. Stanton received the ball from manager Mike Redmond.
Redmond said, "He took that (game) over, didn't he? Yeah, that was an impressive, impressive night for him. It was a great night for him and a big win for us."
Bell said, "I tried to throw him a pitch he couldn't get to, and he got to it and hit it out. Giancarlo Stanton is a great hitter. He has incredible pop. Anytime he makes contact, the ball is going to go somewhere."
Stanton's first home run was a high fly ball just inside the left field foul pole that tied the game at 2 in the sixth inning, two batters after Juan Pierre's single to left broke up left-hander Patrick Corbin's no-hit bit.
"It's crazy to know how baseball is. To have a no-hitter into the sixth and it turns out like this," Stanton said.
Stanton, 23, has eight multi-homer games in his career, two this year.
Mike Dunn (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.
Bell (2-1) retired three of the four batters he faced, but not Stanton.
Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit his 16th home run of the season and drove in both Diamondbacks runs. He has 61 RBIs, tied with Baltimore's Chris Davis for the most RBIs among major league first basemen.
Corbin, who went eight innings, gave up two hits, walked one and struck out seven. His ERA remained unchanged at 2.28. He is still 9-0 after making his 12th quality start in 14 outings this season.
Corbin said of Stanton's homer in the sixth, "The previous at-bat, we came in and jammed (Stanton) a little, and he almost hit it out because that's how strong he is. I wish I had put it a little more in, but he put a good swing on it."
The D-backs (37-33) had won all of Corbin's previous 13 starts. They have lost four in a row and five of the last six, starting with a 5-3 defeat in a brawl-filled game at Dodger Stadium on June 11.
Miami (22-47) has won six of its past nine, prevailing Monday despite collecting only three hits.
Goldschmidt, who had been 4-for-39 since beating St. Louis with a 14th-inning single in a 7-6 victory on June 4, lined a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats off Matt Turner with one out in the third inning. He singled home Gerardo Parra for a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning after Parra singled to left and stole second base.
The D-backs went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position Monday after scoring only six runs while being swept in a three-game series in San Diego over the weekend.
"We're in a bad spot at the plate," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
NOTES: Diamondbacks RHP Ian Kennedy dropped the appeal of his 10-game suspension from the brawl in Los Angeles and began serving the penalty Monday, the team announced. Kennedy is eligible to return June 29. ... RHP Randall Delgado will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday. He is 2-5 with a 5.91 ERA in 13 starts for Reno this year. ... Miami RHP Nate Eovaldi will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his first start of the season Tuesday. Eovaldi suffered right shoulder inflammation late in spring training and has been on the disabled list ever since. With the addition of Eovaldi to the rotation, RHP Kevin Slowey was moved to the bullpen and will be used in long relief, Redmond said. ... D-backs INF Eric Hinske officially filed the appeal of his five-game suspension handed out Friday for his participation in the brawl with the Dodgers. ... Florida OF Chris Coghlan (lower back) saw a back specialist Monday and was told he does not need surgery, Redmond said.